Healthy and Sustainable Schools

Mission statement

Our Healthy Schools Collective is a group of local authority and across city teams. They are working to raise engagement, improve outcomes and support the schools, children and young people of our city in making healthier and more sustainable choices within their communities.

Our goal is to encourage and educate children and young people to live healthier and environmentally sustainable lifestyles.

To help champion a healthier and sustainable city, we are working together with schools to support young people in their community to develop their character. This will maximise their health and wellbeing so they can reach their full potential now and in the future.

To do this we will work together to: 

  • Provide information about the health, sustainability and wellbeing needs of children and young people
  • Provide information about evidence-based school programmes to address these needs that will quality assure the projects undertaken by schools
  • Develop networks of support by joining up different organisations and quality assured support services that can work with schools
  • Address needs of children and young people to build their resilience, confidence and independence – and help them know how to keep physically and mentally healthy in a sustainable way
Coach Carrot
Coach Carrot
Coach Carrot Playing Cricket
Coach Carrot playing cricket
Healthy High 5 Awards Redbridge Primary School
Schools receiving their award from the Mayor and Coach Carrot
School Assembly
HAF Cooking Session
HAF cooking session

Coach Carrot

Coach Carrot is an integral part of Southampton’s Healthy and Sustainable Schools’ collective. Coach aims to encourage children and young people to make healthy choices now and in the future.

We invited children and young people aged 4 to 16 to participate in creating a mascot to help champion a healthier city. Hundreds of entries were received with some amazing ideas and concepts. After hours of careful consideration and with the help of the senior leadership team, the winner was selected; Ivy from Fairisle Junior School with ‘Coach Carrot’.

Coach Carrot has since surprised Ivy during a school assembly and presented her with a framed photo and her original drawing. Coach Carrot also led some fun activities for the children in the assembly, thus beginning the job of championing health and wellbeing for all.

Cllr Alexander Winning, Cabinet Member for Children & Learning said, “Congratulations to Ivy for creating Coach Carrot. It’s great to see so many of our children and young people get involved with creating a mascot for healthy living. Coach Carrot will become a role model for children and young people; visiting assemblies, health choices workshops, holiday clubs and community events. I look forward to seeing Coach Carrot out and about in the city.”

To find out more about Coach Carrot, email or visit our Coach Carrot page. 

Healthy and sustainable school audit

The aim of the audit is to encourage schools to review and set small objectives. This is applies to the initiatives in place and the work being carried out to improve the health, wellbeing and sustainability of the school community.


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Several children celebrating

Congratulations to the following schools for achieving the Gold Healthy High 5 Award for the Summer Term:

  • Redbridge Primary School
  • Bitterne C of E Primary School
  • Maytree Nursery and Infants School
  • Shirley Infant School

Calendar of events

Here are some of the upcoming events in Healthy and Sustainable Schools:

Event/venue Date Time Category Notes
U12 Netball League Redbridge Tuesday 9, 16, 23 and 30 January. Reserve: Tuesday 6 February 4-5.15pm    
Year 3/4 Racket Skills Festival TBB Bitterne Park Wednesday 10 January 3-5pm Physically active Entry is through School Games Organisers only
COUNTY FINAL: Year 5&6 Basketball Solent University, Southampton W/C 8 January or W/C 15 January      
Year 1/2 Multi-Ball Skills Festival TBB Woodlands Hall Thursday 11 January 1-3pm Physically active Entry is through School Games Organisers only
Year 5/6 Mixed Badminton League TBB Bitterne Park Wednesday 17, 24 and 31 January. Wednesday 7 February. 4-5pm Physically active Entry is through School Games Organisers only
Year 7&8 Dodgeball Tournament - MALE & FEMALE TBB St George Thursday 18 January 4-6pm    
Year 7&8 BOYS/MIXED 'B' Team 3v3 Basketball Tournival TBB St Marks School Thursday 25 January 4-5.30pm    
COUNTY FINAL: Year 5&6 Hockey Outdoor Sports Centre, Southampton W/C 22 January or W/C 29 January   Physically active Entry is through School Games Organisers only
COUNTY FINAL: Table Tennis (Individual) W/C February   Physically active Entry is through School Games Organisers only
Year 3/4 Multi-Skills Festival TBB Bitterne Park Tuesday 6 February 9.30am-12noon Physically active Entry is through School Games Organisers only
Safer Internet Day Tuesday 6 February 2024   RSHE  

View more on the full calendar of events.

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